It doesn't take long for serious waterfowlers to start collecting a lot of gear. Waterfowlers seem to need a lot more gadgets and clothing than other bird hunters do. I started waterfowling about eight years ago, and I have to admit that my pile of "necessary" waterfowl gear grows with each season. The problem was soon obvious - How do I haul all of this stuff out to my blind?
In my waterfowl hunting, I have done a lot of gunning on public lands. To be successful, you have to get away from the crowds, and the only way to do that is to do some serious walking and get well away from easily accessible areas. If you want to bring something along, you have to carry it.
I used to just shove my gear (which was pretty much shells and gloves) in my coat pockets. When it got to be too much (added calls, some snacks, and more extra gloves), I upgraded to a fanny pack. My quest for additional stuff soon grew to binoculars, lunch, more ammo (found better spots, but my shooting didn't improve), extra clothes, whistles, choke tubes, insect repellent, flashlight, coffee, and much more. I had no idea on how I would get this all to my blind until I opened the catalog and saw the Ultimate Hunting Bags from Cabela's. Many of my hunting partners scoff at all the stuff I brought, but the moment their gloves got wet, they ran out of ammo, or needed a snack, they were happy I brought all the extras.
Cabela's Ultimate Hunting Bags - Loaded with Features
When I first saw these bags, it was like the designers had been thinking of me - must be a couple other marsh maniacs out there who want to take it all to the blind. They are offered in three sizes and are far from just a normal duffel bag. Made for the waterfowler, they even have a pocket on the end designed to hold a thermos of your favorite beverage, and it is secured with a quick-release strap. The large inside pocket is perfect for ammo boxes, extra gloves, or lunch, and it is cushioned with foam padding so you don't have to be gentle when you throw the bag in the back of the truck or on your decoy sled.
The other end of the Ultimate Hunting Bags features a zip pocket that is perfect for your binoculars or a compact camera - protecting them, yet still keeping them at the ready. The large accessory pocket on the side is what sold me on this bag. Upon opening, you will find a choke tube holder (allowing you to change with the birds), another internal pocket (for wallet, licenses, and extra calls) and a key clip. Even though it is a simple addition, I love that key clip. As soon as I park my truck, I put my keys on the clip, and I don't have to worry about losing them on the marsh or have to peel my waders all the way off just to get to my keys to unlock the doors. A Velcro accessory flap completes the package offering easy access to shell loops and two elastic pockets.
Rugged and Built to Last
Cabela's understands that waterfowlers are tough on their gear, and they took all that into consideration when putting this bag together. The Ultimate Hunting Bags are constructed of 1000-denier Cordura - as tough as you can get. What I liked most was the molded, hard-plastic bottom. It not only protects your gear as you toss the bag around, but it is also waterproof. Unless you are setting up in a grain field for geese, most hunting is done very near water, and keeping your gear dry can be a challenge. Where I hunt, our blinds are usually on wet, marshy ground, sometimes with an inch of water or more. With the Ultimate Hunting Bag, I just toss it down, and I don't have to worry about my stuff getting wet.